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Emerging Topics
Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy), Benjamin Mako Hill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Evan Prodromou (StatusNet Inc), Nathan Yergler (Creative Commons), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
At OSCON 2008, Tim O'Reilly raised in his keynote a new challenge we face: Software as a Service. This panel discusses the work spawned by autonomo.us to inspire the Open Source and Software Freedom Movement to address the challenge. The talk will discuss the AGPL, a license designed to address these concerns, and the federated service model that must exist to succeed in addressing this problem. Read more.
Emerging Topics, People
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Danny O'Brien (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)
Why do we trust our most personal diary entries with only our closest friends -- and distant machines of a faceless social networking service? Why do you hand over to Amazon files and passwords that you wouldn't tell your own mother? EFF's Danny O'Brien explains why innovation still comes from the edge of our networks -- and how the next generation of free software will help. Read more.
Emerging Topics, People
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Benjamin Mako Hill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
This talk provides a humorous description of an argument in favor of free and open source software based on what I call "antifeatures:" functionality that technology developers charge users to not include. From DRM to crippled OSes to digital cameras, I will show off many of the most egregious antifeatures and describe how open source both makes them impossible and helps users work around them. Read more.
Business, Emerging Topics, Linux, Mobile
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.), Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
In this talk, Chris DiBona will bring the audience up to date on recent Google activities in open source. We will specifically cover advances in Android’s open source deployment infrastructure, including the Gerrit and Repo tools, and the directions those tools are taking. Read more.
Business, Linux, People
Location: Ballroom A8
Dave Neary (Red Hat)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Most companies who start working with free software projects have trouble. They run over common stumbling blocks. Questions go unanswered, patches go unreviewed. Why does it take so much time and evergy to be a good citizen? This presentation will outline the problems, and will give some metrics which you can use to evaluate a community's health before marrying them. Read more.
Business, Emerging Topics, Legal
Location: Meeting Room B3
Richard Fontana (Red Hat, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
FOSS can be seen as a new kind of legal system that facilitates sharing rights in code. Viewed in this way, FOSS can benefit from greater public knowledge of code origins and licensing rules. My talk will focus on practical guidance for projects seeking to improve legal certainty in the code they write and use. I will conclude with some longer-term institutional proposals. Read more.
Business, Design & Usability, People
Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Stormy Peters (GNOME Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
While consumers and the open source community don't interact often, users are important to projects because users test software, spread the word, motivate developers, lend credibility, contribute financially and participate in users groups. Come learn why users are important to an open source project and how they can be more involved. Read more.
Administration, Programming
Location: Meeting Room B2
Emma Jane Westby (Drupalize.Me)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
As a freelance developer chances are good you use either many, or no, version control systems for your code. If your mental health has been compromised by index.version080912f-b.inc file naming, or you wish there was more flexibility in how (and when) your files are submitted to data central, it’s possible that Bazaar is the version control system you’ve been waiting for. Read more.
People
Location: Meeting Room J3
Esther Schindler (It Expert Voice), Steven Vaughan-Nichols (ZDNet), Joe Brockmeier (Red Hat), James Turner (O'Reilly Media), Jennifer Cloer (Page One PR)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Plenty of FOSS projects yearn for visibility, within the tech press or in the larger world. But few know how to respond when a journalist indicates interest. These experienced writers and editors will explain how your project can get attention and present itself in the best possible light. Read more.
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat)
Average rating: ***..
(3.77, 22 ratings)
The current Administration talks the talk in terms of its adoption of new technology solutions, access to information, and the call for transparency and increased citizen participation. But can it walk the walk? This keynote will address how open source advocates can help the Federal Government unlock the innovative potential of the open source development model. Read more.
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Mark Surman (Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 18 ratings)
Openness and participation are now a pervasive part of digital life. Firefox. Wikipedia. Apache. Linux. Millions of Creative Commons pictures on Flickr. We have moved mountains. The question is: what's next? Read more.
Emerging Topics, Legal
Location: Meeting Room B3
Karen Sandler (GNOME Foundation), Simon Phipps (Open Source Initiative), Gervase Markham (Mozilla Foundation), Larry Augustin (SugarCRM), Chris Messina (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Trademark law is designed to prevent confusion in the market place but understanding how it can benefit the FOSS community can often be confusing. This panel will discuss whether it is useful to register a trademark and, if so, how to permit its use by others. Various policies and enforcement strategies will be evaluated from corporate and non-profit perspectives, often in strong disagreement. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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